LAST WEEK'S SCORES:
Catholic 46, Franklin & Marshall 12
Emory & Henry 12, Ferrum 7
Guilford 21, Methodist 16
Hampden-Sydney 28, Gettysburg 14
Western Maryland 28, Randolph-Macon 7
Johns Hopkins 31, W&L 14
Time: 1:00 pm
Site: Wilson Field (7,000)
Series: GC Leads 7-5
Last Meeting: 9/19/98 at GC (GC won 27-20)
First Meeting: 10/16/65 at W&L (W&L won 26-20)
Last W&L Win: 11/4/95 at W&L (13-9)
Last GC Win: 9/19/98 at GC (27-20)
Current Series Streak: GC +3
W&L vs. GC at W&L: 3-4
W&L vs. GC at GC: 2-3
This is the 13th meeting between the two schools, with Guilford holding a 7-5 advantage in the series that began during the 1965 season. Guilford has won each of the last three meetings between the two schools, including a 27-20 win last season in Greensboro.
THE LAST MEETING:
(GC 27, W&L 20, September 19, 1998 - Greensboro, N.C.) Washington and Lee gained 351 yards of total offense but turned the ball over five times (Three fumbles, two interceptions) in dropping its 1998 ODAC-opener to Guilford, 27-20. Dwayne Cherry rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries to lead the Guilford offense. Running back Marc Watson paced the Generals ground attack with 61 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries and quarterback Christian Batcheller got things done through the air, completing 15-of-26 passes for 194 yards and one touchdown. Wide receiver J.T. Malatesta caught four passes for 53 yards and one touchdown. The Generals' defense recorded three sacks, led by linebacker Jayson Lipsey, who recorded nine tackles and a sack. Will Baker also recorded eight tackles.
Guilford enters its game with W&L with a 1-0 overall record after defeating Methodist, 21-16 last Saturday. The Quakers defense allowed just 172 yards of total offense to the Monarchs and scored a pair of touchdowns. One occurred on a 71-yard fumble return by sophomore defensive lineman Sean Glarner and the other occurred on a 12-yard interception return by senior defensive back Sean Wilkosky. On the flip side, Guilford managed just 168 yards and one touchdown itself on the offensive side of the ball. The Quakers returned just four offensive and six defensive starters from last season's 4-6 squad.
LAST TIME OUT:
Washington and Lee opened its season with a 31-14 loss against the Blue Jays (1-0) of Johns Hopkins. The Generals (0-1) outgained the Blue Jays 412-373 in total yards. W&L had numerous opportunities to close the gap on Hopkins, but two interceptions inside the 15 yard line proved costly, ending scoring drives. Junior running back Marc Watson led the Generals in rushing with 108 yards on 24 carries. Senior quarterback Christian Batcheller passed for 255 yards while completing 23 of his 34 pass attempts. Senior wide receiver J.T. Malatesta led the Generals in receiving with 108 yards on eight receptions. Watson got the Generals on the board as time ran out in the first quarter when he scampered into the endzone from 22 yards out. Sophomore kicker Brad Wiginton added the extra point to bring W&L within a 10-7 score. Hopkins eventually extended the lead to 24-7 at the midpoint of the third quarter. Senior fullback Scott Moses then added the Generals' second touchdown on a seven yard run. On the defensive side of the ball, W&L was led by junior linebacker Jayson Lipsey with 12 tackles. Sophomore defensive tackle Jeff McIntyre added eight tackles and a sack.
THE HEAD COACHES:
Frank Miriello (East Stroudsburg '67) is in his fifth season as the head coach at W&L and his 32nd year of coaching. He claims a 18-21-1 (.463) overall record, 1-3 against Guilford. The Quakers are led by ninth-year head coach Mike Ketchum (Guilford '78). He is 39-40 (.494) at Guilford and in his career. He is 5-3 against W&L.
W&L vs. THE ODAC:
W&L sports a 42-66-1 (.390) all-time record in the ODAC and is 79-89-5 (.471) all-time against the current members of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The following is a breakdown of the Generals vs. the members of the ODAC:
Emory & Henry (6-22)
W&L has compiled a 401-448-39 (.474) all-time record. The Generals have been linked to the first intercollegiate football game played in the south, an 1873 matchup with VMI.
HOME SWEET HOME:
Since 1900, W&L is 219-117-14 (.646) at home, including a streak of 51 consecutive home victories from the 1910 season until the 1924 season.
W&L vs. NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOLS:
Overall, W&L has played 86 games against schools from the state of North Carolina and is 47-39 (.547) in those games.
CALL THE OFFENSE BUTTER:
Just call the W&L offense butter, because its on a roll. The Generals put up 412 yards of total offense against Hopkins last week, 157 yards on the ground and 255 through the air. That was the Generals' second straight 400-yard offensive performance dating back to the final game of last season at Swarthmore. W&L totaled 422 yards of total offense in that game. On another note, the Generals rolled up 351 yards of total offense and 20 points on the Quakers last season.
IF IT'S CLOSE:
In the series with Guilford, six of the 12 games have been determined by a touchdown or less. W&L is 4-2 in those games. Also, the Generals are 3-0 in the series when they score 21 or more points.
Senior quarterback Christian Batcheller is not only an amateur football player, but a professional baseball player. Batcheller signed a professional contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates in June after being selected in the 46th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. Batcheller spent his summer playing for the Pirates minor league teams in Bradenton, Fla., and Williamsport, Pa. A three-year starter for the W&L baseball team, Batcheller is the school's record holder in career home runs (23), single-season home runs (9), single-game home runs (2), career RBI (90), single-season RBI (45), single-game RBI (7), single-season total bases (92), single-game total bases (11), single-season hits (51), single-game hits (5), career runs (93), single-season runs (34), single-game extra base hits (3), career batting average (.378), and single-season batting average (.490).
Senior quarterback Christian Batcheller is on pace to break a number of W&L career records as is his favorite target, senior wide receiver J.T. Malatesta. Batcheller is 258 attempts, 131 completions, 766 yards, and seven touchdowns away from breaking the career marks in each category. He also is just 0.5 percentage points from the career mark in completion percentage and 853 yards from breaking the career mark for total offense. Batcheller currently holds numerous single-game and single-season W&L records. Malatesta is just 56 receptions, 653 yards, and six TD's away from the career marks in each of those categories.